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Leading McTear’s works of art, medals, militaria and furniture sale on August 31 in Glasgow is this bronze and ivory figure of a violinist on a stepped onyx base by French sculptor Paul Phillipe (1870-1930).

Signed Phillipe and bearing a foundry mark, the 12in (31cm) high piece is guided at £12,000-16,000.


Oor Wullie first appeared on his upturned bucket in the Scottish Sunday Post in 1936 drawn by artist Dudley D Watkins. His adventures were illustrated in the ‘Fun Section’ of the newspaper and became so popular that publisher DC Thomson compiled the first book of his adventures in the autumn of 1940.

A ‘fine grade’ example of this scarce edition stars in Comic Book Auctions’ sale ending on September 9.

Estimate £5000-6000.


A collection of 14 works illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) features in a fine art auction at Gildings on September 4 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

Offered across 13 lots from a private collector of late 19th and early 20th century decorative arts, the group incorporates some of Rackham’s best-known collaborations with leading publishing houses of the day. Among them are copies of The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1909, Gulliver’s Travels, 1909, and Peer Gynt, 1936. The majority fall under the bracket of signed limited editions.

The star lot at £5000-8000 is Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, 1931. Signed and with an original watercolour on the opposite limitation leaf, it is one of 12 ‘de luxe’ copies bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.